Protestors at the London Women's March in 2017

Political Behaviour

The Political Behaviour Group brings together a diverse group of faculty and students from across the LSE to share research on topics related to public opinion, voting and elections, political communication, civic participation, and political psychology.

Drawing on varied methodological perspectives and disciplinary traditions, and engaging researchers from other LSE departments (including Media and Communications, Methodology, Psychological and Behavioural Science), the group holds a weekly research seminar throughout the academic year and hosts visiting scholars from across the UK and abroad.

Faculty members from the Political Behaviour Group are world leading experts in their field, regularly appear on national and international media, have been awarded numerous competitive research grants and fellowships from national and international funding bodies, and teach across the Department of Government Department's various BSc and MSc programmes.

Political Behaviour Seminar Series

The Political Behaviour Seminar is supported by the Department of Government and is open to all members of the LSE community.

Thursdays, 16:00-17:00, via zoom. If you would like to join, please email for login details. 

Michaelmas Term

  • 1 October 2020
    Chris Anderson (LSE)
    Public Authority and Private Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 8 October 2020
    Anja Neundorf (University of Glasgow)
    Can Online Civic Education Induce Democratic Citizenship? Experimental Evidence from a New Democracy 

  • 15 October 2020
    Adam Zelizer (University of Chicago)
    Talking Shops: The Effects of Caucus Discussion on Policy Coalitions

  • 22 October 2020
    Raluca Pahontu (LSE)
    The Democrat Disaster: Hurricane Exposure, Risk Aversion and Insurance Demand

  • 29 October 2020
    Samara Klar (University of Arizona)
    Biased Evaulations of Sexual Misconduct in Politics and the Mitigating Role of the #MeToo Movement

  • 12 November 2020
    Asli Cansunar (University of Oxford)
    The Education Dilemma: Favoring the In-Group or Assimilating the Out-Group

  • 19 November 2020
    Maria Sobolewska and Rob Ford (University of Manchester)
    Brexitland. Identity Conflict in British Politics 

  • 26 November 2020
    Denis Cohen (University of Mannheim)
    Getting the most out of comparative vote switching data: A new framework and new tools for studying dynamic multi-party competition
    (with Werner Krause & Tarik Abou-Chadi)

  • 3 December 2020
    Steffen Hertog (LSE)
    Great expectations or nothing to lose? Socio-economic correlates of joining the Islamic State

  • 10 December 2020
    Dawn Teele (University of Pennsylvania) 
    What do we know about the historical Gender Gap?

Lent Term

  • 21 January 2021
    Andy Guess (Princeton)

  • 28 January 2021
    Sarah Khan (Yale)

  • 4 February 2021
    Sara Wallace Goodman (University of California, Irvine) and Tom Pepinsky (Cornell)

  • 11 February 2021
    Ray Duch (Oxford)

  • 18 February 2021
    Saad Gulzar (Stanford)

  • 4 March 2021
    Hanna Kleider (King's College London)

  • 25 March 2021
    Judith Spirig (University College London)

Summer Term

  • 6 May 2021
    Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson University)
  • 13 May 2021
    Simon Munzert (Hertie School)
  • 20 May 2021
    Nazita Lajevardi (Michigan State University)
  • 27 May 2021
    Tanushree Goyal (Harvard)



Michaelmas Term 

  • 3 October 2019

    Tinghua Yu (LSE): Polarization, Intrinsic Motivation, and Political Selection: Theory and Evidence from State Supreme Courts

  • 10 October 2019

    Moritz Osnabruegge and Sara Hobolt (LSE): Playing to the Gallery: How Politicians Use Emotive Rhetoric in Parliament 

  • 17 October 2019

    Jack Blumenau (UCL)

    Measuring the Persuasive Power of Political Arguments

  • 24 October 2019

    Malu Gatto (UCL)

  • 31 October 2019

    Florian Foos (LSE)

  • 14 November 2019 
    Ryan Enos (Harvard)

    Childhood Cross-ethnic Exposure Predicts Political Behaviour Seven Decades Later: Evidence from Linked Administrative Data

  • 21 November 2019

    Dominik Duell (Essex) 

    How Descriptive Representation Increases Labor Market Participation

  • 28 November 2019

    Daniel Bischof (Zurich)

    The Political Repercussions of Cutting Placed-Based Compensation Policies

  • 5 December 2019

    Ryan Bakker (Essex)

    New Measure of Issue Salience: Reassessing the Ideological Positions of Political Parties in Europe

  • 12 December 2019
    David Broockman (Stanford)

Lent Term

  • 30 January 2020
    Vera Mironova (Harvard)

  • 6 February 2020
    Launch of the Electoral Psychology Observatory 

  • 13 February 2020
    Kostantinos Matakos (KCL)

    Principles and Outcomes - A Test of Revealed Social Preferences

  • 20 February 2020 - Updated room: CBG 2.03

    Markus Wagner (Vienna)

  • 27 February 2020

    Michael Laver (NYU)

    Government Formation with Incomplete Information

  • 6-7 March 2020

    Behavioural Political Economy Workshop 

Summer Term (via Zoom) 

  • 21 May 2020

    Catherine de Vries (Bocconi) 

    The Effects of a Wall: Gender Attitudes and Political Gender Gaps in Unified Germany

  • 28 May 2020
    Katharina Lawall (LSE)

    Negative Partisanship and its implications for political behaviour - evidence from a survey experiment in Canada

  • 4 June 2020

    Ben Seyd (Kent)

    Political Knowledge and Electoral Choice

  • 11 June 2020

    Olav Dahlgaard (Copenhagen Business School) 

    Must Voters Choose Between Political Competence and Descriptive Representation?

  • 18 June 2020

    Chris Wratil (UCL)

    Parties and Populism: How Poor Representation Activates Populist Attitudes

  • 25 June 2020

    Patrick Sturgis (LSE)